Meaning of SEAT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ si:t ]

( seats, seating, seated)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A seat is an object that you can sit on, for example a chair.

Stephen returned to his seat...

Ann could remember sitting in the back seat of their car.



The seat of a chair is the part that you sit on.

The stool had a torn, red plastic seat.



If you seat yourself somewhere, you sit down. ( WRITTEN )

He waved towards a chair, and seated himself at the desk.

...a portrait of one of his favourite models seated on an elegant sofa.

VERB : V pron-refl , V-ed


A building or vehicle that seats a particular number of people has enough seats for that number.

The Theatre seats 570.

VERB : V amount


The seat of a piece of clothing is the part that covers your bottom.

Then he got up and brushed off the seat of his jeans.

N-SING : usu the N of n


When someone is elected to a parliament, congress, or senate, you can say that they, or their party, have won a seat .

Independent candidates won the majority of seats on the local council.

...a Maryland Republican who lost his seat.



If someone has a seat on the board of a company or on a committee, they are a member of it.

He has been unsuccessful in his attempt to win a seat on the board of the company.



The seat of an organization, a wealthy family, or an activity is its base.

Gunfire broke out early this morning around the seat of government in Lagos.

N-COUNT : with supp


see also deep-seated , hot seat


If you take a back seat , you allow other people to have all the power and to make all the decisions.

You need to take a back seat and think about both past and future...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you take a seat , you sit down. ( FORMAL )

‘Take a seat,’ he said in a bored tone...

Rachel smiled at him as they took their seats on opposite sides of the table.

PHRASE : V and N inflect


in the driving seat: see driving seat

by the seat of your pants: see pants

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